Businesses have urged the government to prohibit the import and usage of above 1,000cc cars by government officials in order to limit petroleum product use and address the country’s severe economic and energy crises.
In an interview with the media on Monday, Sarfraz Mughal, the president of the Traders Welfare Association of Super Market, stated that the government needed to dramatically cut its reliance on IMF loans in order to do so since doing so would save the national exchequer $20 billion yearly.
He said that prohibiting government employees from driving vehicles with displacements of more than 1,000 cc would significantly lower fuel use.
“It won’t be an alien policy for the country, as a policy was proclaimed in 1985, under the leadership of former prime minister late Mohammad Khan Junejo, that government offices and officials would only drive 800cc automobiles and vehicles,” Mr. Mughal added.
In 1985, Mr. Junejo initiated the austerity drive, which replaced expensive cars and vehicles for government officials with 800cc to 1,000cc cars and vehicles. He claimed that the program required all government representatives—including those in the military—to drive tiny cars or trucks.
As the prime minister began entertaining his personal and family guests from his personal means, his office and official residence also became a model for other government officials.